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Forgo the label, toss it aside

we adults often contradict

      ourselves     

when it comes to protecting

the youth

what we mean to say is

these behaviors hurt others

and yourself

its consequence often reaches deeper

and farther than intent

in ways you may not imagine

and in some ways you may already

understand in your own life

.

Forgo the polarizing, toss it aside

we adults often contradict

ourselves

on our campaigns of protecting

the youth

what we mean to do is

provide a safe place for everyone

which includes you

(just in case you doubted)

to learn and grow together

.

Hard the lessons

in a world of labels

it takes personal courage to understand

we don’t always get what we give

we don’t always give what we get

but our choice is a power not held by others

.

Vulnerability

our strength in love and respect

our weakness in hate and ridicule

nevertheless,

there is a bridge

to both

.

Forgo the label, toss it aside

it was meant to identity behaviors

not the person inside who can make choices

to understand and regret

to forgive self and ask the forgiveness of others

exampling one of the bravest acts

of humanity

.

© Tammy Mezera 2015

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